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<div style="text-align:left;">Any one know of a <span style="text-decoration:underline;">non religious</span>, reputable groups that I could sponsor a child with??<br>
I've wanted to for so long, and we are financially able to now, but I want to find one that is 'good' and not keeping all the money for themselves...<br>
Thanks...<br></div>
 

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We sponsor a child through <a href="http://ahopeforchildren.org/" target="_blank">http://ahopeforchildren.org/</a>. This is an Ethiopian orphanage for HIV+ children and the donations pay for their medication. We receive progress reports every 3-4 months. I think their overhead is only 2%.<br>
I felt moved to do this after reading There Is No Me Without You, a book by Melissa Fay Greene that examines the orphan crisis in Africa and mentions some of Ahope's work.<br>
One thing- we do not send cards or letters directly to the child since newer guidelines are making it possible for these children to be adopted (i n the US and elsewhere). The program doesn't want to confuse the children with the distinction between sponsor and potential adoptive parent.
 

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I highly recommend PlanUSA. <a href="http://www.planusa.org/" target="_blank">http://www.planusa.org/</a><br><br>
They do the traditional letter-writing thing, but the bulk of their money goes to improve international communities that are suffering. They send financial statements so you can see where your $$ goes and give news updates how their help has bettered the area you're helping to sponsor, but they don't send frills like calendars and tons of junk mail. DH sponsors a child in Ecuador and I sponsor one in El Salvador. It's a great program.
 

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<a href="http://www.angelcovers.org/" target="_blank">http://www.angelcovers.org/</a><br><br>
Angel Covers is a wonderful organization that helps children living in extreme poverty in several countries. They are completely run by volunteers and 100% of your sponsorship fee goes to your child. It is a secular organization - there is no religious agenda. Since I am not religious, this was an important consideration for me.<br>
We have sponsored three children in Nairobi through Angel Covers for the past year and it's been a very rewarding experience for our family.
 

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Please check out SOS Children's Villages. I'm in a rush or I'd post more, but suffice to say I researched EVERY sponsoring charity and they are the most ethical for many reasons. PM me for more info if you want--I don't want to accidentally impugn someone's favorite charity and turn this thread into yelling match like the Locks of Love thread.
 

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We sponsor a child (through a religious org) and love it! Just wanted to post and say do your research. Even if someone suggest an org. check it out for yourself. You'll find the perfect place <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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